Manchester City’s plan for Messi, Chelsea wants to armour Thiago Silva, Milan confirms for Thauvin, Alaba moves away from Bayern, OL and OM are fighting for a full-back…Here is the Top 5 of the last big mercato files of the week not to be missed.
A ten-year plan for Messi in City?
While Sky Sports cooled Manchester City’s interest in Lionel Messi (33) on Monday, The Times gave another version on Tuesday. According to the very serious British newspaper, the Manchester club is far from having made a cross on the FC Barcelona striker, who will be free next June. The first time cooled by the financial requirements of the six-time Golden Ball winner, the leaders of Citizens have finally thought about a strategy over ten years to make the cost of such an operation profitable. Thus, the Pulga would not only commit itself to Manchester City but also to the City Football Group, the parent company of the club coached by Josep Guardiola. After a few seasons at Manchester, the Argentinian could sign for one of the other teams in the group, such as New York City in MLS.
Chelsea will armour Thiago Silva
Arriving during the last summer mercato at the end of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, central defender Thiago Silva (36 years old) is already a unanimous favourite at Chelsea. At the time of signing, the Brazilian initialled a one-year lease in favour of the Blues, with an option for a further year. And according to information from the British media Sky Sports, the London club already wants to activate this clause! Thus, Thiago Silva seems to be well on the way to extending his contract with the current 3rd in the Premier League until June 2022. A just reward for the international from Auriverde, author of excellent debuts under the colours of his new team.
Milan wants Thauvin Florian
Thauvin (27 years old) will still be a player for Olympique de Marseille next season. Nothing is less certain as the contract of the Olympic winger ends next June. All the more so as a club like AC Milan is interested, as confirmed by Milan’s technical director Paolo Maldini. “It will be at the end of the contract, so it’s an interesting operation from an economic point of view. He is a top level player. He doesn’t have the same profile as our recruits of the last two seasons because of his age. But we know that the right formula for our team is to have a mix of young and experienced players. This is obviously a profile that we are following”. said the legendary Italian for the Telefoot channel. For his part, Thauvin recently confirmed the start of discussions with OM for an extension. However, he said that “nothing has been decided” for his future.
Chelsea on pole for Alaba
At the end of his contract next June, David Alaba (28) is approaching a departure from Bayern Munich. While the biggest European clubs, including Juventus and Real Madrid, are keeping a close eye on his situation, the left-back could finally join England. According to Bild, the Austrian’s representative, Pini Zahavi, plans to meet Chelsea’s managers from January. Despite the heavy investments of the last summer mercato, the London club is ready to break its piggy bank to offer Alaba, renowned for its versatility and who wants to find a position in midfield, a golden contract in order to reinforce an already well-stocked squad.
L’OL and OM on Perraud
Author of an excellent start of the season with Brest, the 23 year old left back Romain Perraud would have caught the eye of Marseille and Lyon. It is by revealing the interest of Sampdoria for the Brest defender that the Italian newspaper Il Secolo evoked OM and OL. While the former could lose Jordan Amavi at the end of his contract in June, the latter is groping for the position with the reconversion of Maxwel Cornet and the young Melvin Bard. Under contract until 2023 in Brittany, the native of Toulouse is valued at around 10 million euros on the transfer market. –